(Image via ESCI)
My education definitely did not end in college! These days I’ve been cramming my head with endless information about real estate development, architecture, and, most recently, ocean-based geothermal energy.
This clean and renewable energy source is going to be used at Spirit Bay. The process involves pumping cold water from deep in the ocean and using it to assist in the heating and cooling of the Spirit Bay homes. This is a highly efficient process and will only use about 1/7 of the electricity that typical heating and air conditioning units use.
Enwave energy corporation is one company using both deep lake water and ocean-based geothermal energy. To learn more about how it works, follow this link for a step-by-step explanation: http://www.enwave.com/district_cooling_system.html.
A New Town, A New Way
(Image via www.spiritbay.ca)
Last week, I found myself atop a seaside cliff, knee-deep in wildflowers, watching a seal swim somersaults in the coastal Pacific. I was at the future site of Spirit Bay, a sustainable community in the midst of development in Metchosin, British Columbia.
Spending time there was a large portion of my first week working with the Trust for Sustainable Development, the organization responsible for creating Spirit Bay. In just one week, I dove head-first into a truly innovative development project.
A walkable neighborhood placed on the rocky seascape, Spirit Bay inherently promotes a healthy lifestyle. Its narrow roads and natural amenities encourage its residents to leave their vehicles at home and head over to the community orchard to gather organic fruit or to read a book on the beach.
Each day has been an adventure since I began working here, and the more I get to know my co-workers and the Spirit Bay vision, the luckier I feel to have this opportunity. It looks to me that this neighborhood will spur economic growth, be kind to the environment, harbor First Nations culture, and create a close-knit community by the sea.
A New Town, A New Way
(Goodbye, San Francisco by Chelsea Glaser)
Happy Friday, Skeptics! As I flew away from my beautiful home and back to school, I got to thinking; this city is (not to get too cocky here) beloved and admired by so many across the world, and it is smart. The intricate transit systems, permeability, and overall ease of accessibility make San Francisco one of the most mobile populations. Over half of the world’s population already lives in urban areas, and that ratio continues to grow. My thought is that all of the world’s cities should be taking steps to increase density as San Francisco (and many other successful megacities) does continuously.
Sprawl is one of the most unsustainable means of growth, as it exacerbates our resource deficiencies by stretching them across more space. It simply makes sense to make the most of our already-developed space by increasing its capacity. Just like our businesses, we need our cities to be efficient.
We all envision a long future for this world, so we need to know how to cope with population growth with long-term solutions in mind.
Let’s grow up instead of out.
(Image via Ford)
Hello, Skeptics! I actually bounced with joy when I found this article. I have always tried to come up with different ways we could implement our clean energy technologies into vehicles more efficiently, so I was particularly excited to learn that Ford Motor Company is close to creating a solar powered hybrid vehicle. What implementations for clean energy technologies can you dream up? I hope this article sparks some daydreaming :)
Give the gift that will keep on giving (energy savings!) with these 11 sure to be a hit energy-efficient holiday gift ideas.
Happy holidays, my favorite skeptics! After a stressful whir of final projects and exams, I’ve finally had the chance to get caught up on my sustainability research and I am back to bear the gift of knowledge!
I came across this list from www.earthtechling.com, and I hope it gives you skeptical last-minute shoppers some holiday gift ideas!
Happy family+healthy environment+lower energy bills=very happy holidays :)
New research out today from the University of Cambridge has identified what may be the future of sustainable livestock production: silvopastoral systems which include shrubs and trees with edible leaves or fruits as well as herbage.
D. M. Broom, F. A. Galindo, and E. Murgueitio, “Sustainable, efficient livestock production with high biodiversity and good welfare for animals," Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 280, no. 1771, pp. 20 132 025+, Nov. 2013. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2013.2025
Pam Warhurst: How we can eat our landscapes
Filmed May 2012 • Posted Aug 2012 • TEDSalon London Spring 2012
What should a community do with its unused land? Plant food, of course. With energy and humor, Pam Warhurst tells at the TEDSalon the story of how she and a growing team of volunteers came together to turn plots of unused land into communal vegetable gardens, and to change the narrative of food in their community.
Pam Warhurst cofounded Incredible Edible, an initiative in Todmorden, England dedicated to growing food locally by planting on unused land throughout the community.
Pam Warhurst is the Chair of the Board of the Forestry Commission, which advises on and implements forestry policy in Great Britain. She also cofounded Incredible Edible Todmorden, a local food partnership that encourages community engagement through local growing. Incredible Edible started small, with the planting of a few community herb gardens in Todmorden, and today has spin-offs in the U.S. and Japan. The community has started projects like Every Egg Matters, which educates people on keeping chickens and encourages them to sell eggs to neighbors, and uses a ‘Chicken Map’ to connect consumers and farmers. Incredible Edible Todmorden empowers ordinary people to take control of their communities through active civic engagement.
Un artículo en español sobre esta iniciativa:
En la ruta verde - El pueblo más ‘comestible’ del mundo
Por: Carlos Fresneda | Todmorden (Gran Bretaña) |
En Todmorden (Gran Bretaña), los vecinos plantan verduras, hierbas y árboles frutales en 70 espacios públicos.
Cuando llega la hora de la cosecha, todo el mundo puede servirse gratis. Esta revolución hortícola y comunitaria tiene un nombre: Incredible Edible (Increíble Comestible).
Nuestro lema es así de simple: ‘Si comes, estás dentro’. Aquí no discriminamos a nadie por sus preferencias alimentarias